Be the Lobster

Be the Lobster

One of the perks of working Pete Casares’ swim camp is that each week he takes you to go get fresh Maine lobster.  They’ve got those big tanks where you get to choose your crustacean.  What you don’t do though is let your kids near the tank because the next thing you know they’ve given each lobster a name.

Now that lobster isn’t dinner. It’s a character from the Little Mermaid. The voice of today’s student-athlete is stronger than ever.

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Stressed Out? You Are Not Alone

Stressed Out? You Are Not Alone

By Dr. Bob Pearson

Surprise, college swimming coaches are stressed!  Many of you took the time to respond to a survey request as part of a research study to investigate issues that may contribute to high stress levels among intercollegiate head swimming coaches. The Coaching Issues Survey, a tool to measure specific, potential stressors experienced by intercollegiate athletic coaches was used to collect data.

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The Real Competitor

The Real Competitor

When it comes to success in your professional life, you must compete! My observation after almost one full year of consulting, teaching, writing and speaking is that there is a severe lack of courage in leadership today in every walk of life. As a leader, you exist to solve problems and make decisions. If there were never any problems, your school wouldn’t need you! You also exist because someone has to make a decision. How do you find real competitors for your organization?

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Lessons from Legends: George Kennedy

Lessons from Legends: George Kennedy

By George Kennedy

I retired from Johns Hopkins on June 30, 2017, and while I would love to say "and haven't looked back". That just is not true. It would be difficult just to leave after 31 years, go "cold turkey", and not look back (or continue to stay in the sport).  In fact, it would be nearly impossible.  So, it has been a thrill to work as a volunteer coach at Johns Hopkins and speak about some of the life skills learned in my decades as head coach.

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Assembling Teams - it IS Rocket Science

Assembling Teams - it IS Rocket Science

In assembling your team are you looking beyond times and height?  What about the psychological role an athlete can add to your team?  That's how NASA thinks.  “…We assume that astronauts are
intelligent, that they’re experts in their technical areas, and that they have at least some
teamwork skills. What’s tricky is how well individuals combine.”

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